Scott Boland ‘set to make Australian cricketing history after being told he will make his shock debut in the Boxing Day Ashes Test against England’… making him only the second male Indigenous Test player to represent his nation in 144 YEARS
- Scott Boland is set to get a shock call-up to Australia’s third Ashes Test squad
- Boland was called up as bowling cover this week but will make his Test debut
- The 32-year-old would become Australia’s second Indigenous Test player ever
- The fast-medium bowler has experience of taking wickets at home ground MCG
Scott Boland is reportedly set to make his Ashes debut for Australia in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which would make him just the second male Indigenous Test cricketer to play for the nation in 144 years.
The uncapped fast-medium bowler was called up to the Australia squad earlier this week as cover – but the 32-year-old is now set to be handed his chance for the hosts, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph, even with captain Pat Cummins returning to the side.
Josh Hazlewood is expected to remain injured with a side strain and could miss the rest of the Ashes series in Australia, with Michael Neser expected to be dropped for the returning Cummins.
Scott Boland is set to become only the second Indigenous Test cricket for Australia when he makes his debut against England in the third Ashes Test
The 32-year-old is set to be a shock inclusion in Justin Langer’s squad for the Melbourne Test
Jhye Richardson – who starred in the second Test for Australia – is another bowling option for the hosts, while Mitchell Starc is an injury doubt after picking up a sore back while batting in Adelaide.
Cameron Green, who made his Ashes debut in the first Test in Brisbane earlier this month, is being treated carefully along with Richardson, who was recalled for the second Test.
Jason Gillespie is the only other Australian Test cricket from Aboriginal origins in the nation’s history, with the fast bowler representing his country between 1996 and 2006.
Jason Gillespie is the only other Australia Test cricket in 144 years to have Aboriginal origins
Gillespie, now a coach aged 46, set the record for the highest run total by a night-watchman in international cricket history when he put on an unbeaten 201 in his last Test against Bangladesh in April 2006.
Boland’s experience of taking wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground appears to be a decision-clincher for Australia, with the 32-year-old spending six seasons with the Melbourne Stars between 2013 and 2019.
A call-up at the MCG is a dream for local boy Boland on his home ground. He turned out for Australia A against England Lions earlier this month, twice dismissed the touring skipper Alex Lees with the new ball.
The 32-year-old has played 14 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s for his country but is now in line to earn his first Baggy Green.